There are many unusual and exciting activities which are readily available for anyone to try, from the typical sports to those which are more extreme. Sand-boarding and skiing are both very popular and you can try your hand at both on Abu Dhabi's desert dunes, with gentle to 300-metre-high slopes. Camel racing is also very popular in Abu Dhabi and there is always a lively atmosphere – a very memorable experience. If you want to see the sights of the city, then you can either take a helicopter over the city or have a once in a lifetime experience with a balloon ride over the beautiful desert, with breathtaking views.
Shopping is incredibly popular in Abu Dhabi, with a very diverse range of shops and centres. Bartering is expected, so don’t hold back from grabbing yourself a bargain, and you can start off at one of the souks, such as Al Ain Souk. Souks,traditional Arabian markets, are spread across the city and sell a variety of goods. There is Carpet Souk, Al Mina Fruit & Vegetable Souk, Fish Souk, Souk Al Bawadi & Souk Al Qaws – and each of them has a bustling atmosphere.
Forts and Mosques
There are many attractions worth visiting in this bustling city, with amazing architecture and stunning views from Jebel Hafeet. For a spot of culture, the mosques in Abu Dhabi are fascinating. Unlike most mosques, Sheikh Zayed is open daily for visitors and offers complimentary one-hour guided tours. The mosque boasts one of the world’s largest chandeliers – ten metres in diameter, fifteen metres in height and weighing over nine tonnes – and the world’s largest hand knotted woven carpet.
Hili Fun City
The perfect family day out with twenty-eight attractions, from high-speed roller coasters to leisurely cruises on the lake.
Abu Dhabi has over two-hundred islands, of which some are accessible to visitors and host various different activities or events. Saadiyat Island is located just seven minutes away from downtown Abu Dhabi and is currently undergoing a remarkable transformation into a premier leisure destination and cultural hub; a national museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Louvre Abu Dhabi are planned, while a superb 18-hole golf course and Monte Carlo Beach Club (sister to the original beach club located on the French Riviera) are already available.
Sir Bani Yas Island
Sir Bani Yas Island is home to one of Arabia’s largest wildlife reserves, with over 10,000 free roaming animals, such as gazelles, giraffes, hyenas, cheetahs and Arabian Oryx.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Abu Dhabi’s Grand Prix was added to the Formula 1 calendar in 2009, usually taking place in November, the race itself is staged in the twilight of the late afternoon, with the track being floodlit to give a heightened frisson and experience for drivers and race goers, alike. The circuit is set around the glamorous Yas Marina, its scenic setting enough to rival the iconic waterfront settings of the F1 races held in Monte-Carlo and Valencia. Demand is likely to be extremely high for this annual premier sports event, so do contact our Travel Consultants to ensure your preferred accommodation and tickets are still available. However, if you aren’t lucky enough to secure tickets for the main event, the circuit can still be visited year-round and it is possible to go behind-the-scenes for comprehensive escorted track tours that will take in the circuit itself, the North Grandstand, hi-tech facilities, air-conditioned pit garages, media centre and paddock (charges apply). Alternatively, driving and passenger experiences, private driving tuition, track days, karting and a drag racing academy will provide excellent, controlled and safe leisure pursuits for driving fanatics, some of which can also be enjoyed by children (charges apply).
Since 2006, Yas Island has been one of Dubai’s most exciting and thriving settings. Home to not only the Yas Marina Circuit but its own beach, marina, waterparks, mall and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. This man-made island has become the address of affluent restaurants, an award-winning golf course, spa and family-oriented activities.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
A luxury oasis and the ultimate tranquil retreat, located in the legendary Liwa Desert – one of the largest uninterrupted sand deserts in the world – Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara offers a peak into the traditions and style of old Arabia whilst embracing all the amenities and style of the 21st century. Here you can do as little or as much as you wish – from lazing by the freeform pool to camel trekking and archery lessons.
If you are visiting, mosque authorities do not provide any Abayas/headscarves to guests before they visit the mosque. Visitors are kindly requested to respect the local laws and dress appropriately in modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing – long sleeves, long skirts and trousers.
British Airways direct from London Heathrow. Etihad Airways direct from London Heathrow and Manchester.
From London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi: 6 hours, 50 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.